Just before traveling up to English Island, we stopped in Dryden, Ontario to visit the 18-foot tall moose named Max, which stands in front of the visitor's centre and acts as the city's mascot. Positioned next to him is a relatively smaller bald eagle which doesn’t seem to have a name.
Upsala sculpture as described in my previous blog, but the mosquitoes definitely got their pound of flesh. After a week, we resumed our drive in search of big things as we headed back towards Toronto, this time following the south shore of Lake Superior.
In a small community (just over 400 people as of the 2006 Census) with the awesome name of Wabigoon, Ontario, is a store cleverly designated as “Green Achers”, a pun on the 1960s TV show. In front were sculptures made of tree trunks with intricately carved faces of old bearded men. I especially liked the one that seemed to have legs.
Minnaki, Ontario is home to the Egli’s Sheep Farm with the giant sheep sculpture out front. There is a large store selling wool products, a petting zoo and a children’s play area.
Wakefield, Michigan has a magnificent Indian Head carving entitled "Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw Bow - Leading Man", carved by Peter Wolf Toth. It is beautifully set against Sunday Lake.
The area around Marquette, Michigan turned out to be a mecca for unusual, quirky, big thing sightings. We found Yooperland in Ishpeming, Michigan, just west of Marquette. I learned that "Yooper" is the nickname for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This self-proclaimed "Da Yoopers Tourist Trap" had so many fun items that it warrants its own separate blog entry. The huge water pump and chain saw were just a few examples.
Then just east of Marquette on Highway 28 was Lakenenland . Again, this forest wonderland of giant sculptures will get its own blog entry but here are a few photos to highlight this magical place built by artist Tom Lakenland.